Can you think of a name for the two new water taxis?

With two new water taxis on the way to replace the aging (and frequently out of service) existing vessels) King County Ferry District is looking for help with names for the new boats. They will serve on the West Seattle and Vashon Island routes to downtown Seattle.

“This is a great opportunity to display your creativity and highlight your favorite part of our region,” said Joe McDermott who chairs the King County Ferry District. “Anyone can submit name suggestions, so spread the word to your kids, friends, families and neighbors!”

The naming contest is open and runs up through July 18.

Individuals can submit their ideas at or by calling 206-477-3840. Suggestions will be taken until Friday, July 18, 2014. The King County Ferry District will then narrow the names down before putting the final public vote forward to the public at the end of July.

To be considered for the final vote, names must contain regional relevancy, must not exceed two words nor have any inappropriate language. A boat’s name is said to reflect its personality, so the name should be in good taste. While this will not disqualify a name suggestion, it should be noted that maritime folklore says it is unlucky for the boat to be named after a living person who intends to ride the boat in their lifetime.
The new vessels are primarily funded through federal grants and are being designed and built by All American Marine in Bellingham, WA. The new vessels will start serving riders next year and replace the current aging, leased vessels.

Share name suggestions at or by calling 206-477-3840.
As a form of convenient, fun transportation for commuters and tourists alike, the water taxis link communities and keep cars off our roads. For more information about King County water taxi service and schedules, visit

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